Aewon Wolf has never been one to fit inside a definition. He has always been out the box. The Durban-based artist has brought his long sabbatical from making music to a halt to drop an EP. And he has come back reinvented.
Beyond being a musician, Aewon Wolf is known for his humanitarian work and purist take on industry issues. He has had some grapples with the entertainment industry and the energies that run within. Coming to a point where he has stated multiple times that it’s a space he doesn’t like finding himself in.
In his previous project, Darkest Winter, he was rapping a lot more and the entire project was a Hip Hop project. That has completely changed with his new body of work.
The EP is titled Moon and can be interpreted as a play at being a (ware) wolf. In the intro he starts things off by howling at the moon. More like singing an ode
This EP is more of a concept project. Aewon Wolf is experimenting with sounds to a point where he fuses together styles from multiple genres. Say It Louder ft Rey Oceans is definitely the most warped of the songs on the EP. The melodies are interesting, with an acoustic guitar dominance. The singing is just as Melodic and out of the box. Something we have only gotten from Toy De Lazy before.
There is a lot of sarcasm in the verses on songs like Tomorrow, Must Be Nice and Insta Pop. The sarcasm is meant to paint a lot of what is common behaviour and social media lifestyle as ridiculous and vain. As can be expected from someone who spends a lot of time in their head, Aewon Wolf portrays a lot of self-awareness and positivity towards himself. Be Better is about being pushing through difficulties and knowing things will be alright. Has a movie soundtrack quality about it. Aewon reflect a lot on identity and being rooted in something solid.
For a concept album, Moon is not too weird to digest. In fact, it grows likeable quite quick. Believe is one of the few tracks that fit a Hip Hop construct but still doesn’t go too hard at it. When he raps, he still oozes a poetic influence which he wraps with a deliberately sloppy finish. The overall feel of the project is sombre slow tunes that can make for some great background music. If you are about the jam jar lifestyle, you may find it more enjoyable. Stream below.